The Council on Business and Society: A Global Alliance of Schools of Management

In November, ESSEC will host the first conference of the Council on Business and Society.


Recognizing the enormous role that businesses can play in helping solve large-scale problems, five of the world’s leading business schools came together in 2011 and forged a unique international partnership: The Council on Business & Society.

The partnering schools — ESSEC Business School; Keio Business School; School of Management, Fudan University; Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; and the University of Mannheim, Business School — were selectively chosen for their stature in the international community and the common vision they share of fostering academic excellence and the importance of a broad view of the role of business in society. Their goal: To marshall their substantial intellectual and professional resources in the pursuit of knowledge and ideas that will make an impact both in the world of management education and in the messy, complex world of daily life.

Their collective impact and reach are impressive. Together, they represent countries generating 50% of the world’s GDP. In addition to broad institutional and corporate partnerships, the schools are connected globally through the joined resources of some 600 full-time faculty, 20,000 students, and a network of 90,000 alumni.

The Council on Business & Society will convene an annual forum that combines the expertise of faculty members from each of the partner schools with that of representatives of business, government, and non-governmental organizations from around the world. The inaugural forum, held in Paris in November 2012, will focus on Corporate Governance and Leadership. The multi-faceted, multi-cultural event will introduce a new, collective voice to the conversation — and inevitably lead to new insights and unique initiatives. Subsequent forums will be organized by partner schools on a rotating basis and focus on such issues as health care delivery, responsible innovation, sustainable development, and financial regulation.

First International Forum : a unique, timely, international dialogue

The Council is breaking new ground with its multi-cultural, multi-level focus on societal issues. The approach combines the latest and and most creative ideas  from the diverses worlds of research, business, and nonprofit and governmental institutions. The synergy enhances the intellectual debate with dramatically increasing the odds of generating practical, solution-based recommendations.

Join us for this unique event!

  • Theme: "Corporate Governance and Leadership"

  • Date: November 16-17, 2012

  • Location: Salons de la Maison des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France.

  • Inspired by keynote speakers, challenged by expert panels and guided by first rate business school faculty members.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Céline Leroy:

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